The moment the VP of Egypt Omar Suleman announced that the President General Hosni Mubarak stepped down following the mass uprising, the masses at the Tahrir Square and every nook and corner of the country were echoing the captioned slogan in an endless chain of enthusiasm and ecstasy. These were the rightful moments of deliverance from the clutches of a total dictatorship, and the people were quite honest to acclaim it with this spontaneous welcome.
It is the glorious reward of 19 days and nights constant fighting of young “kids” of Egypt who were dauntless and fearless in smashing the mightiest Pharaohs of the 21st century. Their sincerity of purpose, haunting memories of three decades of deprivation of human liberties, total denial of human rights under false emergency for long 30 years, their miserable living condition hardly meeting body and soul together, just pulsating anyhow within less than two dollars a day, and the mockery of Western democracies that projected the image of Mubarak regime as a stable power under false sense of stability and keeping the hoax of Islamism from the tentacles of power – all contributed to these mass uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.
Ultimately, the oppressed people broke it into pieces. The despotic Mubarak, who constantly tried his best to break the courage and stamina of youth on false pretensions, evasive promises and dictatorial mockeries, had no choice but to surrender to the will of Egypt’s brave sons, daughters, students, labourers, doctors, law students and the common folks. He is now hiding his “ugly” face in the “waters” of Sharm-al-Sheikh at the borders of Saudi Arabia where the Muslim rulers take refuge generally when ousted from power.
This is the open success of mass movements against sitting tyrants and the resounding replica of Tunisia, where Mohamed Bouazizi, the fruit vendor of Sidi Bouzid, the city 200 miles South of Tunis, laid down the foundation of mass uprising by putting his body on fire in protest against the oppressive regime of Zine-el-Abidine, who had been ruling that country ruthlessly for 23 years and was ultimately forced to run away to SA as a refugee.
The dominant role of military was very constructive in Tunisia as was in Egypt. Now it has become the fact of history that a national army could not and cannot shoot her own patriotic people when on revolt against the oppressive regime of their own kith and kin. Pakistan military refused to shoot the young demonstrators on the streets of Karachi when PM and Martial Law Administrator Zulfiqar Ali Shah issued orders to fire. As a result, he had to go and Gen. Zia-ul-Haq came to power. Likewise, in Iran military refused to fire his own people in Tehran and the Shah of Iran had to leave the country and take refuge ultimately in Egypt, where he is buried in a mosque in Cairo.
These are encouraging signs as how to effect a revolution in a country where the sons of the soil, through wrongful means, usurp the power and then try to perpetuate their regime as their lifelong episode under martial law, or emergency, keeping the fundamental human rights, election process, democratic institutions all suspended at the behest and active support of the so-called democratic countries of the West.
The mass movements get momentum only when the masses are hard pressed, human rights are denied, elections if held at all are marred with fraud, rigging, forced balloting accompanied with a lot of disqualifications both of the candidates and the voters making the election a farce. Simultaneously, people suffer from mass scale unemployment, higher cost of living, increase in foreign debts and face extremely harsh and hard terms of loan if IMF is involved in it. Thus the country is ruined and the masses have no choice but to take to the streets, demanding the change of regime in power and very often succeed when the national army becomes neutral and refuses to take any action against general uprising.
The success of mass movements in Tunisia and then Egypt has set the trend that is likely to be repeated in other countries with a few expected exceptions only of Turkey, Malaysia and to some extent Indonesia. The rest are the bad stigma in the name of Islam that guarantees all the aforesaid rights, freedoms and liberties to all its citizens within its jurisdiction irrespective of their being Muslim or non-Muslim, in majority or minority. As such, mass uprisings are knocking at the doors of Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Pakistan, Algeria, Bangladesh and Sheikhdoms of Persian Gulf States. Everywhere the regimes are shaky and they are likely to face their masses uprising sooner than later against their human and democratic rights violations and falling standard of living.
In these mass movements and would-be uprisings in the near future, the role of Islamic Movements has been, and likely to be, very nominal or marginal. Unfortunately, they could not feel the pulses of their youth who organised the mass uprisings through Internet services on mass scale and have given new dimensions to the use of Internet services which enabled them to contact millions and millions of people in no time and call them to assemble at a given point for mass rallies and demonstrations, and public meetings. They, with flash buttons, could tell the public to attend such and such places in such and such number where they would be addressed by such and such people. It is a kind of mass whispering campaign silently and no despotic ruler could or can disturb their programme or agenda.
Islamic Movements could not muster this system and hence were nowhere there in their orbits. As such these mass uprisings were neither pro- nor anti-Islam. They were simple younger people of their country and played havoc with the well-established dictatorship of their respective countries, even beyond the imagination of their western masters in America and Europe.
Muslim leadership is now to learn a lesson from the organised efforts of Tunisia and Egypt and reset their strategies and programmes towards creating mass uprising by taking the full advantage of Internet services. They have to do home work for the countries listed above and prepare their movement-oriented youngsters for this job and spread it to the grassroots level of the targeted countries. All these countries are now well set for mass uprising on the pattern set by the two African predominant Muslim countries. If they delay, they will be the losers and will be nowhere in taking part in the reshaping of their countries on ideological lines. The time is very short for them and they have to get the lost lessons updated.
The second task before them is to build the team of Da’ees and increase its numerical strength to the level that when the uprising happens and mass awakening takes place, the team of Da’ees, irrespective of age factor should and must be in the field to cover and sustain the results of these uprisings in favour of Islam and the Islamic Movement and to see to it that the opportunists are not able to pocket the results of mass uprising. This is the matter of preplanning, precaution and preparation for the pre-emptive “move” when the iron is hot. This is also called the wisdom of a Mumin, who foresees the events and makes himself or herself ready to face all the eventualities in no time.
May Allah bless the Muslim Ummah every where.